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36. Gerry Dawes's Spain: An Insider's Guide to Spanish Food, Wine, Culture and Travel

"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life. . .” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019


James Michener's Iberia: Spanish Travels and Reflections: More Autographs, American Matador John Fulton Who Was Prominently Featured in Iberia and the Great Maestro Antonio Ordoñez

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Iberia Autographs pp. 286-287 John Fulton with Antonio Ordonez.  Fulton signed my copy of Iberia in 1969 and drew horns on the head of the great matador Antonio Ordoñez with whom he had had some unpleasant experiences.
More photographs of the inscriptions in my copy of James A. Michener's Iberia from people about whom he wrote in the book. With my photographs of some of the people mentioned.
The text is from Homage to Iberia by Gerry Dawes©2020 (a work-in-progress).
"John Fulton, with whom I had a close relationship for several years and was his agent in southern Spain for his paintings, lithographs and books and ran the John Fulton Gallery in Marbella for a year, signed my copy of Iberia in 1969 and drew horns on the head of the great matador Antonio Ordoñez with whom he had had some unpleasant experiences. Fulton often complained about Ordoñez, Ernest Hemingway´s friend, the star matador in The Dangerous Summer and in his later years a friend of mine. I believe John clouded Michener´s judgement of the maestro Ordoñez, who was one of the greatest matadores ever. 
I took this photograph of Antonio Ordoñez in one of his superb post-retirement appearances at the Corrida Goyesca in Ronda, his hometown. Antonio signed this photograph to me in early January 1996 in New York City when we had dinner together several times during his annual Christmas season visit to the city.
Photo by Gerry Dawes©2020.
With Antonio Ordoñez, his wife Pilar and legendary aficionado Tom Weitzner at Dock´s Restaurant, New York City, December 1995.
With John Fulton in his studio at his home at Villa Santa Cecilia in Sevilla in 1995, the last time I ever saw him. He died three years later of a heart attack at age 65.

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 About Gerry Dawes

Gerry Dawes is the Producer and Program Host of Gerry Dawes & Friends, a weekly radio progam on WPWL 103.7 FM Pawling Public Radio in Pawling, New York.

  Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 

In December, 2009, Dawes was awarded the Food Arts Silver Spoon Award in a profile written by José Andrés

". . .That we were the first to introduce American readers to Ferran Adrià in 1997 and have ever since continued to bring you a blow-by-blow narrative of Spain's riveting ferment is chiefly due to our Spanish correspondent, Gerry "Mr. Spain" Dawes, the messianic wine and food journalist raised in Southern Illinois and possessor of a self-accumulated doctorate in the Spanish table. Gerry once again brings us up to the very minute. . ." - - Michael & Ariane Batterberry, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Founding Editor/Publisher, Food Arts, October 2009. 
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